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Raise tolerance, awareness

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Alexis Aguilar, guest columnist

A big issue today is that some people aren’t accepting of and respectful to those in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. I see so many kids being bullied for something that they can’t change about themselves. People don’t seem to understand that bullying others for their sexual orientation and/or self-identification can really affect them and how they look at themselves. It may not seem like a big deal to you if you’re calling someone a name but, saying those things could stick with that person forever. It has to stop because people shouldn’t have to feel bad about themselves for being who they are.

We can help by making more groups to help raise awareness to the things LGBT people have to go through every day. We have to show people that treating others poorly because of who they are is a horrible thing to do. People are getting treated so badly to the point where they feel like they don’t want to be alive and take their own life because of it. According to studies, 40 percent of the LBGT youth have attempted suicide. Being, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is the third most common reason why people try to end their lives. Not only are people killing themselves but, people against the LGBT community are killing those who are a part of that community. People that have transitioned into a different gender are usually killed more often. We have to do something about this.

Not only should we offer support groups for the people that are lesbian gay bisexual or transgender, but we should also offer help to those whom think this is wrong. We should teach people to be more open minded and accepting of others. People are usually close minded about this stuff because of how they were raised or religious beliefs. These reasons are still not a good reason to treat people poorly for what and who they are. If it’s a religion issue for you then maybe you should reconsider what the Bible says. It states in the Bible in Matthew 7:1-2 “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” It’s basically saying that what you do and say to others is going to come back around and happen to you.

As you can see this a big problem to today’s society. We need to take the time to show that being who you are is OK. Its 2016, and being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender shouldn’t matter. What should really matter is who the person is on the inside.

• Alexis Aguilar, 13 years, is passionate about equality.

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